Posts Tagged ‘Jesus Christ’

And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.“- The Bible, In Ephesians 2:1-3 (ESV) This was me…before of God’s mercy’s touching.

It’s easier to kill the tyrant than to end the tyranny.“- Randy Singer, In The Advocate, by Seneca. – Summing up what I got from this: sin is contagious.

I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.“- Albert Schweitzer. This simply goes like this one: “whoever doesn’t live to serve, it isn’t worthy to live. I was made to serve others instead of expecting to be served.

To the question whether I am a pessimist or an optimist, I answer that my knowledge is pessimist, but my willing and hoppping are optmistic.“- Albert Schweitzer – Willing to do something and hope to see that happen can overcome all the “impossibles” on my way even surrounded by uncertainties.

As a follower of Jesus, you are definitely called to befriend Muslims in your comunity, showing them God’s love in yours.“- Jim Denison – How would I call myself a Christian if I don’t love those for whom Christ died for? I’ve some good Muslim friends one of them had even suggested to exchange our names and we had a very kind and respectful relationship while living around.

If you wish to be loved, love.“- Randy Singer (said by Seneca, In The Advocate). This takes me to a very personal case quiet different, but same consequence. I didn’t allowed to be loved, but actually I was the one with problem.

With Christ as your Savior and constant companion, you, although alone, need never be lonely.” – Billy Graham. Lord forgive me because there are times that I feel to be lonely and have difficult to recognise your presence.

When we grieve over someone who had died in Christ, we are sorrowing not for them, but for ourselves. Our grief isn’t a sign of weak faith, but of great love.“- Billy Graham. Thanks to God who brings such amazing love to our hearts in times like that. I remember to feel this two years ago when God called one of my old bros and whenever I think on him and my sister who went before. Since then my perspective on death changed dramatically.

If there’s something we need more than anything else during grief, it is a friend who stands with us , who doesn’t leave us. Jesus is that friend.”- Billy Graham. What a friend we’ve in Jesus. He’s always there, listening even our complaints. He never leave. So, delight my soul in the LORD.

Discipline is simply to do what’s right whether you like it or not.“- Jonathan McRostie. Lack of discipline is something I’ve been struggling with lastly. I’ve to not only remember, but above all to do what’s right…always.

The Lord has been taken from the throne by His own people than from those who live in darkness. God is transformed to a blessing machine to which Jesus Christ becames the servant of the servants.” – Oswald Chambers. Not His blessing, but Himself must be the reason and the answer for my hunger and thirsty constantly.

“If I say most people are half saved, what do I mean?  You go to the cross, but you never get on the cross.”-Leonard Ravenhill

“It is the duty of every Christian to be (a) christ to his neighbor.”-Martin Luther

“The Father became sad for the sin of humanity (cf. Gn 6:6); the Son grieved at men’s hardness of heart (cf. Mk 3:5); the Holy Spirit grieves at the saints’ sin.”- Rodrigo Silva

“How can you pull down strongholds of satan if you don’t even have the strength to turn off your TV?”- Leonard Ravenhill

“Learn to thank God for revealing to you all He requires from you.”- Oswald Chambers

“We talk of the second coming of Christ, but hal of the world has never heard of the first.”-Oswald Smith

“Use your ministry to build people, not people to build your ministry.”- Jacquelyn K. Heasley

“The Great Commision is not an option to be considered; it is a command to be obeyed.”- Hudson Taylor

“Lord strengthen me where I am too weak and weaken me where I am too strong!”- Leonard Ravenhill

“The Church exists for nothing else, but to draw men into Christ, to make the little christs. If they are not doing that, all the cathedrals, clergy, missions, sermons, even the Bible itself are simply a waste of time. God became Man for no other purpose.”- C. S. Lewis

“The geatest miracle that God can do today is to take a unholy man out of an unholy world and make him holy, then put him back into that unholy world and keep him holy in it.”- Leonard Ravenhill

“No one knows human as God knows.” – Oswald Chambers

“Giving is a proof of overcoming the greed.”-Humberto Freire

“The early Church was married to poverty, prisons and persecutions. Today, the church is married to prosperity, personality and popularity.”- Leonard Ravenhill

“There are certain times we know God’s will for us, but to turn the vision in reality for us it’s our duty and not God’s.”- Oswald Chambers

“How long can a lie last? If the disciples knew that Jesus did not rise again and had courage to die for that, then they were either crazy or they believed in a fact which really happened.”- Rodrigo Silva

“If time would heal then God wouldn’t be necessary.”- Humberto Freire

“Crisis is a information in concentration.”- Humberto Freire

“There are two kinds of people in the world – only two kins. Not black and white, nor rich and poor, but those who are dead in sin and those who are dead to sin.”- Leonard Ravenhill

“The difference between a medecin and a poison is in its dosing.”- Rodrigo Silva

“It’s not reasonable to think that my rationality is just a simple conincidence.”- Anonimous*

“If God wouldn’t exist then we wouldn’t have atheists.”- ibidem

“It’s interesting, my country’s capital was once or yet it is the most expensive city in the world. Currently, I’m based on one of most expensive countries to live. Is it just a coincidence or it’s a sign meaning that I’m a rich guy?”- El Predicador (in, Empty pockets, a rich country but suffering and poor people)

El predicador

So I hope to read your comments. Share with us what you’ve been learning/reading or simply any knowledge from what I shared.  

*I forgot where I got this.

He could hear the crowds screaming
“crucify” “crucify”…
He could hear the hatred in their voices,
These were His chosen people.
He loved them,
and they were going to crucify Him.
He was beaten, bleeding and weakened…
His heart was broken,
But still He walked.

He could see the crowd as
He came from the palace.
He knew each of the faces so well.
He had created them.
He knew every smile, laugh, and shed tear,
But now they were contorted with rage and anger…
His heart broke,
But still He walked.

Was He scared?
You and I would have been so His humanness
would have mandated that He was.
He felt alone.
His disciples had left,
denied, and even betrayed Him.
He searched the crowd for a loving face
and He saw very few.
Then He turned His eyes
to the only one that mattered
And He knew that He would never be alone.
He looked back at the crowd,
at the people who were spitting At Him,
throwing rocks at Him and mocking Him
and he knew That because of Him,
they would never be alone.
So for them, He walked.

The sounds of the hammer striking the spikes
echoed through the crowd.
The sounds of His cries echoed even louder,
the cheers of the crowd,
as His hands and feet Were nailed to the cross,
intensified with each blow.
Loudest of all was the still small voice
inside his Heart that whispered
“WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME”,
And God’s heart broke.
He had let His Son walk.

Jesus could have asked God to end his suffering,
But instead He asked God to forgive.
Not to forgive Him,
but to forgive the ones who were persecuting Him.
As He hung on that cross,
dying an unimaginable death,
He looked out and saw,
not only the faces in the crowd,
But also, the face of every person yet to be,
And His heart filled with love.
As His body was dying,
His heart was alive.
Alive with the limitless,
unconditional love He feels for each of us.
That is why He walked.

When I forget how much My God loves me,
I remember His walk.
When I wonder if I can be forgiven,
I remember His walk.
When I need reminded of how to live like Christ,
I think of His walk.
And to show Him how much I love Him,
I wake up each morning,
turn my eyes to Him,
And I walk.

By Pastor Paul & Mercy Ciniraj
@http://pciniraj.wordpress.com

Are you really a good person?

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Yes!! Through CHRIST.

1.    Introduction 

 Having access to the word is not enough; what we need is the hunger and thirst to read it, ponder it, pray it, and seek to do it. God is eager to give us such a hunger, and the more we spend time in His word, the more the word itself will generate this hunger within us.  In this our first meeting of Bible Studies we want to consider the meditation on God’s Word and hope this lesson will inspire many of you to take advantage of the opportunities the Lord has given us for meditation in His word, a practice that has the power to transform us and make us a blessing to others if we understand its value and learn its secrets.

2.    Definition: The meaning of Meditation on God’s Word.

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your ways prosperous, and then you will have good success. Joshua 1:8 (ESV)

 Joshua was instructed to meditate day and night on the Book of the Law. Meditation has something to do with the mouth, not just the mind. The words were not to depart out of Joshua’s mouth. This implies a reading of the Scriptures, a verbal and vocal interaction with God in His word, a mixing the word of God with a spirit of faith.

i) It is the devotional practice to reflect on God’s Word with a receptive heart, allowing the Holy Spirit to reveal the Truth contained in it for me to apply in my life.

 GOD’S WORD + REVELATION + PERSONAL APPLICATION

 ii) It is taking God’s thoughts and to reflect on them, allowing them to become part of my life.

3.  What’s not Meditation on God’s Word?

 i) It is not a mental exercise:

 “Meditation on God’s Word does not mean breaking your head but your heart.”

ii)  It is not an analytic study (subjects, verbs, … )

4.  Importance of Meditation on God’s Word.

Either way God uses to communicate with His people is related to His Word. Therefore, the meditation on the Scriptures helps us to know God’s thoughts and His ways as well. Isaiah 55:8-11;

5. Conditions to Meditate.

i)  Have a pure heart. Psalms 24:3,4; Psalm 139:23,24;

ii) Have pleasure in the Lord and his will. Psalm 119:20,72,127,162; 16:2; 42:1,2; 143:6-8;

iii) Disposition to obey the Lord’s will. John 14:23; James 1:22;

iv) Faith. Hebrews 11:1-6;

6. Objectives of Meditation.

i)   To know God: his character and his nature.

The character of God: is all that God is and we can also be. Our character is the result of our choices or decisions. The character of God refers to his moral attributes, such as justice, kindness, mercy, holiness, humility, generosity, loyalty, etc.

The nature of God: is what God is and we can’t be. Refers to God’s personal attributes such as: Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnipresent, Spirit, creator of all, the beginning and the end, etc.

ii)To develop a relationship of love with God:

The Bible is like a letter that God wrote for us, showing us who He is, what He thinks about us, and telling us intents and purposes He has for us.

7.Principles for an effective Meditation.

i)    Probe (search) the heart. Psalm 139:23,24; Proverbs 28:13; 1 John 1:9;

ii)   Acknowledge your inability to receive the revelation of the Word by yourself and ask the Holy Spirit to lead your meditation. Proverbs 3:5,6; Jeremiah 17:9,10; John 16:13

iii)  Resist the devil. Luke 10:19; James 4:7

iv)  Thank and praise God for everything that He will reveal through the meditation on His Word.

v) Read several times till you understand the passage you’re meditating. Nehemiah 8:3,8; 9:3; John 10:4,27

Wait quietly and think carefully to what God is saying to you through the text.

8. Practical advises:

a)   Have an appropriate place and keep a disciplined schedule;

b)   Have a dictionary (if possible) and a notebook to write down what God will speak to you;

c)   Practice (referring to what you should write in your notebook and apply to your life):

  • Date;
  • Scripture passage;

Answer the following questions (personal application):

  • What did I learn today during my Meditation?
  •  Any promise?
  • Condition for the promise? (Is there any condition such that the promise may be accomplished?)
  • Is there any commandment to obey?
  •   Is there any example to follow? A sin to confess? Or any attitude to change in my life?

d)    Tip for 1 hour of Meditation:

  1. Do the principles of meditation: 5 minutes;
  2. Praise and thank God: 10 minutes;
  3. Meditate on the Word: 25 minutes;
  4. Prayer, worship, intercession, and so on: 20 minutes.

9. Benefits of Meditation on God’s Word to my life.

i)  Gives me strengths to overcome the temptations and to avoid sin. Psalm 119:9-11; 1 John 2:14

ii) Brings wisdom in my life. Psalm 119:97-99; Proverbs 4:4;

iii) Helps me to bear fruits. Joshua 1:8,9; Psalms 1:1-3;

iv) Increase of faith. Romans 4:18-21; 10:17;

v) Knowledge of God’s will. Psalm 119:105; Hosea 4:6;

vi) Spiritual growth. 2 Peter 1:3,4.

And many more….